Resolutions at the beginning of a new year don’t have to last for 365 days only. As you set your sights on new experiences for the year ahead, consider the possibility of dividing your travel wishes into a list of long, medium and short-term plans.
From booking days for travel months ahead to making wider use of technology to plan a trip, here are several travel goals to fit into your future.
Rest is an essential element for self-care. This year, consider planning days off from work for a weekend away well ahead of time. For example, book time off for June in January before you’ve even decided on where to travel. This travel resolution ensures that time off is set in stone long before any feelings of being overworked have time to creep in.
It also gives you extra time to reflect on where you’d like your next trip to be and allows for a few months of saving funds for the trip ahead.
A travel fund
Upnup’s Ricki Allardice comments that “ultimately, holidays should be something we look forward to, rather than another anxiety point in our already stressful lives. Remember that sensible saving habits can go a long way toward ensuring that’s the case.”
“For example, for those of us looking to plan for international or big local family holidays a few years into the future, perhaps combining the approach of saving with innovation and technology could help us. Opting to stay local these holidays and continuing to save for an out-of-country trip in the future meant that you did not have to compromise on your next holiday,” says Allardice.
Upnup’s app allows users to save small amounts of bitcoin every time they make a purchase. Accumulating these fragments over a long period can really boost holiday savings. The key thing to keep in mind is that you need to take a long-term approach with Bitcoin.
Technology is transforming the tourism industry for the good. From online check-ins, travel apps, virtual tours and contactless payments, technology helps to add an element of seamlessness to any travel experience.
Some people say trip planning, even if you’re not going to take the trip, can release dopamine and have a stress-relieving effect on our bodies and minds. The Jurni travel tool is a repository of some of South Africa’s most magnificent little-known gems.
Think of apart-hotels, family-owned guesthouses, and B’nB’s scattered amongst the country’s most beautiful locations. You can search for activities, and locations and take imaginary holidays for yourself or make a booking at jurni.travel.
Tourism boosts economies and if done in the right way, could even help to protect and sustain the environment. Another travel resolution could be to research and seek out accommodation and travel experiences that are actively working towards sustainable goals. Eco-travel is a great example of this. It encompasses experiences where guests have the opportunity to be surrounded by nature and enjoy off-the-grid accommodation.
Volunteer travel is another form of responsible travel. Here, tourists can opt to teach at schools, work on an eco-farm or help to take care of animals at local conservation sights.
For those looking for experiences with a little bit more of the frills, seek out sustainable hotels that are committed to saving water for example. The Radisson Hotel Group advises looking out for vacation spots that use renewable energy, promote recycling and actively contribute to water conservation.
The group itself is also dedicated to being net zero by 2050. In South Africa, many of the group’s properties are already contributing to this goal through sustainable energy practices, reducing water use, and environmentally friendly building practices.
“Responsible tourism has taken on an entirely new emphasis as South African travellers turn their attention to the most effective ways to enable their own economy to further recover from the fallout of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” notes Clinton Thom, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.
“There has been a great shift among travellers to first think local before they decide to spend their hard-earned money in other parts of the world.”
An important element of promoting local travel businesses is to promote them by recommending local establishments that you’ve visited during your travels to friends, colleagues and family after your stay.
Let 2023 be a year filled with travel goals that help to promote inner-wellbeing, boost the local economy and stimulate conservation and environmental sustainability.